William F. Wilson

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C., New York

William Wilson practices in our IP Licensing & Technology Transactions group, where he focuses on technology transactions and data privacy. William is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

William focuses on technology transactions, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals across industries with a particular focus on the fintech, healthcare, and technology sectors. He also advises clients on data privacy matters and the intersection of privacy in technology transactions. William is a strategic advisor in these matters to startups and large corporate enterprises and to investors in such companies.

Before working at Orrick, William was an associate at another West Coast-based law firm where he completed a secondment with AWS Elemental, overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions. Prior to law school, William worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
  • The following is a representative selection of William’s experience:

    Fintech and Payments 

    • Represented numerous banks in connection with the negotiation of core processing agreements.
    • Represented a major financial institution in the outsourcing of the technology platform and related services to support its online personal savings and business checking products.
    • Represented a European-based digital-only banking platform unicorn on its US expansion, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals for it currency conversion, cryptocurrency, and U.S. banking relationships.
    • Negotiated various payment related agreements, including merchant, payment facilitator, and ISO agreements. 
    • Advised clients on payment and banking regulatory issues associated with fintech transactions, including compliance with brand operating rules, money transmission, NACHA rules, PCI-DSS, GLBA, and FTC and CFPB rules.

    Technology and Intellectual Property

    • Represented video processing software company overseeing a broad range of technology and intellectual property transactions, including negotiating and drafting outbound technology, API and SDK, and content licensing agreements.
    • Represented leading automotive manufacturer in the procurement and integration of voice recognition and mapping systems for its vehicles. 
    • Provided counsel on technology transfer matters, including to a nanotechnology startup in acquiring patents from a research university.  
    • Structured and drafted electronic health records (EHR) sublicense for university research hospital.
    • Represented clients on open source issues, software audits, and clean room software development procedures.
    • Counsel to apparel retailer in connection with the implementation of and migration to a cloud-based e-commerce platform. 

    Privacy and Security

    • Advised clients in all aspects of data security incident response, including investigation and preparation of notifications pursuant to state breach notification laws.
    • Advised clients on international data protection requirements, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation and developing mechanisms to comply with cross-Atlantic data transfer requirements. 
    • Provided counsel on and managed third party penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. 
    • Counsel on privacy regulations and industry standards, including state privacy and cyber security laws, GLBA, PCI-DSS, COPPA, FERPA, CalOPPA, and CCPA.